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The Hawk and the Jewel (Kensington Chronicles #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  6,990 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
Mysterious happenings at Ravenscroft, a shipboard adventure with Brandon, and the discovery of documents that hold the key to a country's destiny lead Sunny and Brandon on a journey from friendship to long-awaited love.
Paperback, 347 pages
Published December 31st 1993 by Harvest House Publishers
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Nov 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, fiction, romance
For a quick rundown on my opinion of this book, here were my updates while reading it:
1)"Nothing says "wallpaper historical" like setting your novel in 1844 and then having your characters talk about gender equality."
2)"Ermigerd nothing has happened for a hundred pages! Come ON, DO something, please! Bored bored bored."
3)"You know, it's really telling when your main thought while reading a book is, 'The BIBLE is less preachy than this.'"

For the long version, read here:
This is the second Lori Wi
Willowy Whisper
I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! I have read millions of books (not really...but a bunch!) and I'd have to say that this was probably the most romantic, touching, and amazing book I have ever read! Her characters grip your attention, pull you into their world, and find a place in your heart.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great historical romance.
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
I loved this book SO much when I was 14. The sweeping Victorian period, the romance between the staid Brandon and impulsive Sunny, the exotic locales of Darhabar and England, all of it.

But 20 years later, after re-reading this book, my feelings have changed quite a bit. Honestly, this book is still entertaining. Maybe not for the right reasons, but in a snicker-at-a-B-move sort of way. For instance, read this excerpt about two 16 year old friends in the book. If you think it is fine, then you w
I almost want to give this 2 stars, but what pushes me to three is that I enjoyed the story. Wick is a mediocre writer, and I was irritated at how perfect all of her characters were (besides the main character). There were times when I rolled my eyes at the language and actions of the characters. I didn't quit the book though, because I had to know the ending.

One of my gripes w the perfection of her characters is that they are Christians. Sunny, the main character, is not a Christian and makes a
Dec 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing I really loved about this story is that Sunny was flawed... Wick has a tendency of creating flat, idealized, and one-sided characters, but such is not the case with Brandon and Sunny. The only thing I did not like was the fact that she did little or no research on the Victorian era. It is described as being almost like a fantasy, with women being swept off their feet by their lovers. That is not the case... The Victorian era was not exactly a good era for the glorification of women. Th ...more
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore this book. I've read it at least 3 times. As with all my opinions on Lori Wick books, my only two issues with her writing are as follows: 1. Even though I myself am a Christian, I wish her books were LESS Christian. In my opinion, way too much of her books are chewed up by one main character leading another main character to Christ, and I just think that's a little preachy. (2. Her odd language :p like really, how many times can one character say, "Oh Brandon!" before it gets old? :p

Jeanann Barrett
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good love story -- easy read -- enjoyed.
Apr 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Lori Wick's English Garden series several years ago from our public library's Bookmobile service. I had students in my high school library request more books like Julie Klassen's and happened to remember Wick's series. I decided to order a couple of them. I'm sure they'll be very popular.

Since it's Spring Break, I also decided to reward myself with some pleasure reading time. So I settled down with THE HAWK AND THE JEWEL one day and finished it last evening. About halfway through the boo
Jennifer Dejager
All she knew was her life in Darhabar, but without Shani knowing what was truly happening her world was radically changing. Shani was from England, but as far as she knew her parents had both died from drowning, and she had been taken in as the emir’s daughter. The emir felt it time to let his daughter go and learn the ways of her true people, so he arranged her to tour an Englishman’s ship. When Shani awoke on the ship she felt a jolt and realized she was no longer on land. The captain, Brandon ...more
First Christian romance to this atheist: lovely cover and interesting description captivated me. Was it worth it? Well, yes. Writing is dazzlingly clean and I dont mean lack of sexuality (which can be handled without dirt), I mean literal cleanlines, and albeit Lori Wick is clearly a writer with limited writing skills she does nice job in this story, with good setting and some beautiful imagery rivalling gorgeous title. Just what kind of 19th century name is Sunny? Anyway, it is nice, light read ...more
Sianne Morrison definitely know its a Christian book. Whole sections of quotes and verses and if in doubt just drop to your knees and pray. I was disturbed by the pedophilic tendencies. ...13 year old girl who is loved at first sight by an adult. Underlyong grooming...can't live without you. On the surface all above board but it kinda got stuck in my gullet somehow. I would leave this alone. not the best for several reasons.
This the first book I have read by this author. For the first 2/3 of the book I enjoyed it. A little preachy but I was invested. Then it just got a little too much for me. I became a little irritated with the characters and the story. On the whole it was a good story but It fell a bit flat. I enjoy Christian fiction for the most part but I like it better when they are less "preachy"
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, christian
I really love the story to this one!! AMAZING!!
Feb 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just read this for the fifth or sixth time and will be reading it again:) One of my all time favorites.
Julie Gardner
An old favorite, a silly little historical romance that I love to reread and remember.
I love this series!!, this one is one of my favorites in it. I own these.
I don't think this was incredibly (or much at all) historically accurate. Perhaps to play up the romance side. Still a sweet story.
This is my go-to feel good, easy, romantic read. I read this series every couple of years because of nostalgia. Not the greatest books in the world, but good comfort reading.
Toccoa Patterson
I loved this book! A Christian romance with a little bit of mystery, it was hard to put down.
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(Genre:Christian historical fiction/romance) 2 1/2 stars--I liked it alright, but it wasn't a favorite that I will revisit. The focus of this book is 13 year old Shani who is being raised by a wealthy ruler in India in the 1800s. She is of English heritage, but knows nothing of her past, save that her biological father gave her to her stepfather to raise. Shani is a bit of a handful in her Indian household but she is her stepfather's favorite child and so she gets away with a lot. She has been n ...more
The Kensington Chronicles is one of my favorite series by Lori Wick and The Hawk and the Jewel is one of my favorite books within this series. It is a really sweet romance that takes place in a beautiful historical setting and has characters that really grow on you until you're invested in the outcome of their story.

I absolutely love Sunny. I can't tell you how many times I grinned to myself while reading about her antics. The fact that she had grown up in another culture and had learn to adjus
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I was addicted to The Kensington Chronicles and most of Lori Wick's books when I was 13. Twenty+ years later, I've re-read The Hawk and The Jewel; the story is what I remembered and, surprisingly, the writing isn't awful. My tastes in reading have changed and this isn't something I would choose today if I hadn't read it in the past. I genuinely enjoyed this re-read, although I found the writing to be juvenile and the plot, while good, could have been better executed. Wick is a Christian author, ...more
Stacey Cochran
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Sahni was living the life of a princess. Her father is the emir and she is his favorite. Unlike everyone around her, Sahni is English. Everything about her is different from her siblings. She was found after a shipwreck that claimed the life of her mother and she was hidden from her father. One day, she asks her father about an English ship and if she can visit. He agrees and ends up sending her back to her English family. Bradon "Hawk" Hawkebury, a family friend, is the captain of the ship that ...more
Amazing synopsis. I give the author credit for coming up such a sweeping story. However, the writing is very bland and at times the characters say things that no normal person would say. This author does this with many of her books. Giving her character's voices that are not used in normal speech.

EXAMPLE: (embellished)

"Sunny, are you feeling better?"

"Brandon, I am feeling much better. Thank you for asking."

"OOh Sunny, I am so glad. Don't worry you will love England."

This is my biggest problem
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stars-4
I won't start this review with a synopsis, since that is available under the book description.

This is my first time reading a book from this author and it was a surprise to me. I honestly didn't think I was going to like it, but I like to give books a fair shot. I loved the story line and the characters. Loved that the characters were flawed and not wimpy. This story was sweet, funny and frustrating all rolled into one. I felt that everything happened very slowly. But I really enjoyed the swee
Shoshana Frank
Lori Wick weaves a descriptive tale incorporating the challenges of growing up and finding ones place in the world. Set in 1840’s England, the reader will enjoy detailed descriptions of historical London, the countryside and genteel lifestyles. This heartwarming novel keeps the reader entertained with charming character development that reflex traditional Christian values. Wick’s novel focuses on the importance of faith in everyday life, while the characters experience life’s joys and sorrows, g ...more
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical Christian Romance
Wow!! The very first Lori Wick novel I ever read. I originaly read it back in high school and have re-read it a few times since. I love the entire Kensington Chronicles series! Sunny is the perfect heroine and Branden is every girl's dream. Set during the British Victorian era and filled with Dukes, Lords, Ladies, nobility, aristocracy, gorgeous gowns, luscious parties and balls, horse rides, and fancy ships. Throw in a little mystery, exciting adventure, Christian romance, tears, and laughter a ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Though the story held my attention, I felt like it was drug out longer than it needed to be.

I also felt annoyed with almost all of the characters, because they all seemed too perfect and similar. No one stood out or was different except for Sunny and I can't say I was too fond of her.

Lastly, if I could go on a little rant here, I am so very tired of historical fiction writers who name their characters unrealistic names. I highly doubt anyone in the early 1800's would have named their daughter C
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot is intriguing and Sunny is the type of female heroine I enjoy. Unfortunately, things fell flat after there were too many unrealistic misunderstandings. Chemistry between the characters isn't really there and the prose and actions of the characters don't match the time period setting. I didn't love how the emir was portrayed to suit the author's whims. The emir at the beginning seems vastly different from the emir at the end and it felt forced just so the author's chosen plot could pan o ...more
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